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Turps Banana #21
A lot of the buildings we see in London when we’re running around buying materials, have non-functional bits of pre-cast plastic just stuck onto the façades. Which makes a terrible distortion and lie of your cyma recta/cyma reversa that you get in older architecture. Yes, those people did sometimes make those geometric swaggers for decoration, but the internal logic of the thing is left explicit. Whereas an awful lot of postformal architecture does not make sense in terms of an ideal notion of freeing the person in his space. Painting falls foul of the same sort of thing I believe. Too much of the explanation is political, sociological, and market. It’s too much to do with how society works and what pressure groups in society can bring to bear on each other.